Year 1

A Day In Year 1

Arriving in the morning

The academy gates will open at 8:40am each morning and we ask that your parents/carers line up at the drop off point so at 8.45 you (and the other children!) can settle quickly and are ready to start the academy day. We ask that the office is informed if someone different will be picking you up in the afternoon.

8:30 – 8.50am: Register and early morning work

Each morning the children come in and put their coats and bags into their lockers and packed lunches into the cookery room. They will then sit quietly and complete the early morning challenge, handwriting or reading to an adult at their desks whilst Miss Elvin, Miss Mills and Miss Browne call the register to check if all the children are in the academy. You will be asked what you are having for lunch.

9 – 9.45 – Phonics

We spend some time each day helping you to learn your letter sounds and names. You will work in class groups with an adult and you may even take some work home to share with your families! It’s very important that you try your best to practice the letters and sounds and remember them as best as you can!

We will be listening to you read and share sentences and books. We will also be playing some interactive games that support you to recognise the phonic sounds in different words.

You will also get to do lots of writing! We focus on sentence structure and handwriting when we are writing, placing punctuation correctly and using our phonic knowledge to help us to spell. You will learn how to form your letters correctly and how to write sentences. – we are now following non cursive script for our handwriting. Please ask your adults to support your practise at home using the new handwriting patter, found on the first page of your homework books.

9.45 – 10.15 – Communication, Listening and Language through Reading Domains.

We focus our learning around a text based on the five reading domains. We will make predictions, learn new vocabulary, sequence events, use our inference and retrieve information from the texts. You will each be given a reading bookmark with question stems so that your parents/carers can help with this too when reading at home.

10.15 – 10:30am: Snack and break

At break time the children are provided with a healthy snack and are prompted to have a drink and go to the toilet. Throughout the day the children have access to their EWOA water bottles which they need to take home and bring to the academy daily. We encourage the children to be as independent as possible, even when peeling fruit and refilling drinks! Please let the teacher and office know if you child has any allergies. Children have 15 minutes of outside play during the morning. Children have a designated area on the playground for our individual bubbles to play within using our own classroom resources. Adults from within our bubble support the children during playtimes.

10.30 – 11.15: Maths

We start our Maths lessons by focussing on key maths skills and facts that the children need to learn. For example, doubling, number bonds and time. We practise counting forwards and back in 1s, 2s, 5s, and 10s daily.  We strive to make the lessons interactive and enjoyable with well thought out equipment used to aid learning this can all be found in our maths areas or in our resource trays.

Maths lessons are supported by   Effective Maths scheme, where we focus on each objective using concrete, pictorial and abstract methods to deepen understanding. We also use fluency, reasoning and problem solving challenges daily.

There are lots of things that you can do at home to help you with your maths, such as:

  • Practising counting in 2s, 5s and 10s
  • Knowing which number is bigger or smaller and what comes next and before etc.
  • Sorting numbers into numerical order
  • Talking about time using words such as morning, afternoon, today, tomorrow, next, last, after, front, back and start to tell the time to the nearest hour-
  • Noticing maths in your local environment for example using money shopping with mum or dad!

11:15 – 11:45am: Continuous Provision

To support the transition from EYFS to Key Stage One alongside we have introduced continuous provision rainbow challenges. A set of challenges throughout the week across all skills within the EYFS curriculum framework. Over the course of the week the children have access to these challenges to embed, practise and further challenge skills learnt within EYFS and to support the transition to Year 1. Children are also supported during continuous provision sessions by phonics and maths interventions, supporting pre teaching and gaps throughout each day.

11:45 – 12:40pm: Lunchtime

We currently have our lunch our classroom. We sit at tables and eat our lunch with our friends. It is important that you can eat your packed lunch independently so make sure you practice opening things yourself. There are adults to help you if you get really stuck. After we have eaten lunch, the children play on the playground. Although closely monitored in our class bubbles, the children are given the opportunity to take part in unstructured play which encourages them to develop their own games and rules.

1 – 2 pm: Afternoon lesson

During the afternoon, we take part in our foundation subjects – Music, ICT, PE, Science, History, Geography, Art and PHSE. Pupils are mostly taught by the class teacher but are also taught by other members of staff who can share their own subject expertise with the children.

2 -2.35 – Continuous Provision (as above)

2.35 – 2.45 Time to go home!

After a busy day, it’s time for you to go home! We will independently collect our things for home and all sit on the carpet together for a story. We will then line up on the playground and wait for your parents/carers to pick you up. Once one of the academy adults sees your parent/carer you will be called to go home, please do not leave the line unless an adult has called you. Unfortunately, we can’t let you go home with a different adult unless we have been told that you are being picked up by someone different.

Note- As the year progresses, particularly into Spring Term 1 the children will no longer have continuous provision to begin to support their transition into Year 2.

Things to remember

  • Reading nightly to support phonics application and progress, please write in your child’s reading log if you have listened to them read. (5 minutes a night really helps)
  • Homework is given on a Friday for return by Wednesday.
  • PE is on Tuesdays and Wednesdays – Please ensure that your child is wearing the correct PE uniform on these days.
  • Named water bottles into the academy every day.

Here are some websites that may help your children with their learning: